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Virgil van Dijk: Birthplace of Dreams | Nike

December 3, 2019

It was my dream to be a
professional footballer player but there was a time where
I think I was 16 where I was on the verge
of being sent away, basically, from the academy and that was
just because of my qualities. I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t playing on a
high level. I was on the bench most of the time. It’s great to be back to be fair,
it’s been a while. We enjoyed many, many games here. The rules on these kinds of pitches
is always that the winner stays on. We had a little bench there and
if you lost you had to sit on the bench. And you don’t want to sit there.
You want to win. The winning mentality I already had. But the dream was always to
play in the Premier League. I think I was maybe 9 or 10 and
we were all in the dressing room and the coach at the time said, only one
or two of you guys will reach the first team. And we were looking at each other,
young guys, thinking like “what are you saying” like “how can you say that?” People said to me that I was too laid back. I wasn’t the best player in the team. I’ve had to work for where I am today. It’s something that, you know,
suits me I think, challenges. Whether it’s in the step I made to Groningen
but also from Groningen to living abroad. And also with the national team,
I played a couple of games in the beginning and was a couple of times on the bench.
I was subbed as well a couple of times. And then the step to the Premier League and in the end dealing with
the pressure of the price tag. Everything that I’ve overcome
has made me the player I am today. “Alright Virgil. Good luck tomorrow”
Thank you… Sunday, Sunday. “How does it feeling to lose a big final?”
It feels horrific. I thought about it before the final in Madrid – we had
to make sure we weren’t going to be in that situation. Lifting the trophy was something very special
and I will never forget. When the final whistle went, I had tears
in my eyes just because of so much joy. It’s something that not a lot of people, not a
lot of players experience in their lives. I won’t take it for granted, of course. Did you see that? The Dutchies are out! So how are you doing in the league? “2nd or 3rd”
Ah, ok. And are you going to be champion? “Yes, definitely!” Definitely?! Well ok! There will be set-backs. There will
be times when you have it tough. There might be times when you think that
you are not the best player on your team… But it doesn’t matter.
Just keep going. I’m 28 now. I think my big break happened
when I was 26. It’s always good to see someone else I
think that doesn’t have the perfect route. Always believe in it. Never give up. Follow your dreams. “I wore number 4 because it’s Virgil Van Dijk” “Because he’s the best defender of the whole world”. Never give up on your dreams. Always keep believing. Everyone has their own route but just believe in it and just go for it. “Did anyone get past you on here?” Probably [laughter]

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    First comment

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  • Reply Mlondeki Dube December 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    #Love van diyk

  • Reply Emmet Fanatic 2019 December 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I love it

  • Reply LIL Ayob December 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply Cansu Ateşoğlu December 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Im from Turkey 🙂 I love football

  • Reply Miss Oumaima December 1, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I want buy g-dragon sneakers why still sold out ☹️

  • Reply Camille Ronaldo December 1, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Virgil 💖💖

  • Reply Ashish Naik December 1, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Best defender of the whole world!!
    Kid made him sound like an Avenger!!
    And good sire he isn't wrong!!
    Our #4 💪👑💯🔥

  • Reply Unknown December 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    wow 13 comment

  • Reply aviator2492 December 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    He plays like he has the remote from the Click film.
    Beast 👏🏽

  • Reply Ashutosh Joshi December 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    respect for big man virg

  • Reply Francesco Magnetti December 1, 2019 at 2:14 pm


  • Reply haha December 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    He is our number 4!!

  • Reply The Kamikaze One December 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Ballon d or winner this night?

  • Reply Lucas Alves December 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    VASCO 👍

  • Reply Joey Calabrese December 1, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Fuck the nike bullshit boycott for being unamerican

  • Reply HYPE BEAST December 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Football is not a part of my life
    It's my life

  • Reply Sulab Rana December 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Kicking in them waffles 🥶

  • Reply El Dio December 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Heartbeat of the team. Greatest signing the club has ever made.

  • Reply Zlatan ZLATAN December 1, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Ídolo!! Joga de mais O melhor. 🔥🔥

  • Reply Angsty Kylo December 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    It's a pity defenders don't get as much praise as attackers. This guy is a colossus.

  • Reply A-Diëgo Nobody December 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Best defender of the world 100%

  • Reply Natlyn Lee December 1, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Best defender in the whole world

  • Reply Owen December 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Real inspiration 👏👏

  • Reply Robert McGrath December 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm


  • Reply A C December 1, 2019 at 10:57 pm


  • Reply Mr A December 2, 2019 at 12:06 am

    What a player!!

  • Reply Griselda Salazar Rangel December 2, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Holaaa saludos para México ☺️🥳🥳☺️☺️🙆🏼‍♀️❤️

  • Reply Ариан Назаров December 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm


  • Reply Gokul Nandan December 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    who all are excited for the new nike Liverpool deal 🔥

  • Reply Muktahal Birring December 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I still can't believe he went from being 5 foot 8 when he was 16 to being 6 foot 4 at 17

  • Reply Hlutea Ralte December 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm


  • Reply roadend78 December 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Best defender in the world from a Liverpool fan from Argentina YNWA .

  • Reply Big Virgil December 2, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Hes our centre half …..

  • Reply Rishil Mehta December 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply Cooper Kirby December 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Sad because he did deserve the ballon D’or. If it was another year he could have won. He was so good and did so much. Messi just deserved it more this year. Astonishing that so late in his career messi can still be the best in the world and do what he does.

  • Reply gvmmybear December 3, 2019 at 12:44 am

    what a beautiful man.

  • Reply Simba Gurure December 3, 2019 at 2:27 am

    liverpool will soon get that nike sponsor

  • Reply Simeon Batchelor December 3, 2019 at 4:09 am


  • Reply Bryan Arsenio December 3, 2019 at 5:44 am

    3:32 just say its because of Sergio Ramos

  • Reply 29 DY December 3, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Best player, Best human being, champion of Europe. He's virgil van dijk, he's virgil van dijk.

  • Reply Darragh O'Sullivan December 3, 2019 at 8:27 am

    The real player of the season

  • Reply Damnson December 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

    some people had said the best defender in world football that he wasnt good enough and some people say you are not good enough. you could be the next Virgil Van Dijk

  • Reply A normal person Not an alien December 3, 2019 at 8:45 am

    He may not win Balloon d'Or, but surely he is everyone's favorite

  • Reply Timothy Oehrlein December 3, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Absolute madman for shooting around in those Sacais

  • Reply Jordyn Nexus December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Aahhh I love him 🔥 (also I’m jealous because he’d do a better job by himself than our entire defence combined😭)

  • Reply Integrity Coop December 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I like this guy a lot! he knows who he is, where he's from and he's humble, a great role model.

  • Reply Chris Clayton December 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I'm sure they made this hoping he'd win the ballon d'or

  • Reply James Lee December 3, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Even from his Southampton days you could see the power and quality. He is a great modern defender. One of Holland’s best ever.

  • Reply saiesh naik December 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    VVD deserved the ballon dor this year

  • Reply AUAPC December 3, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    he is the real deal

  • Reply Kenneth Wong December 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Virgil is a role model to everyone who are currently not quite succeed to pursue their dream

  • Reply Mia Tavola December 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Where’s that hoodie from tho 👀

  • Reply Dylan Flood December 3, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Well done bro

  • Reply Edith Vargas December 3, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Molestan mucho con sus putos anuncios en cada maldito video

  • Reply Richard Scales December 3, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I hope Nike retain the cherry red colour. The last 3 New Balance kits have been brilliant.

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